Blackhawk Diversion Wax Canvas Rucksack

Phil White
by Phil White

This past January I spent some time visiting the Blackhawk booth. One thing that caught my eye was the new Diversion line of gear. This line is made using what many would call old time military grade wax canvas. I requested one of the larger rucksacks which came a bit later.

The rucksack I ordered has the added benefit of a cushioned pouch for a laptop up to 15 inches in size. Even better there are two spaces for storing a gun of your choice. The back of the pack has a half oval zippered flap with internal padding to protect the gun being carried. You can carry just about any size gun you want. I carry a full size 1911 in this pouch. The zipper has a large ring attached making it easy to unzip reach in and draw the weapon in a fashion similar to drawing from a middle of the back holster.

Gun Pouch

The other location for storing a handgun is inside the top flap. Simply open the top zipper reach in and draw the pistol from a universal holster mounted to a velcro patch built into the pack.

The padded laptop pouch can be accessed by the side zipper or the top zipper. All of the zippers are waterproof.

Laptop Side Access

There is a pouch in the front for storing small cameras, SD cards and other items. Just above that pocket is another pouch allowing easy opening by using two strong magnets rather than a zipper.

Front Pouch


• Constructed of 10.10 ounce Army Duck Martexin Original Wax Canvas
• Quick-access pass-through waterproof zipper on lid
• Padded back with 3D mesh and a removable back stiffener
• Padded internal laptop compartment with access on top or a waterproof side zip
• Loop-lined handgun and accessory storage compartment with access through top or a hidden, zippered back panel
• Additional loop panels for accessory attachment
• Quickly open or secure the lid with new Fidlock Buckle technology
• Front pocket offers dual mesh pockets, key lanyard, phone and pen pockets
• Pocket under lid with magnetic closure for added small item storage
• Light-colored nylon-lined interior makes it easier to find and identify contents
• Two-inch webbing on side of bag for external pouch attachment
• Padded, adjustable shoulder straps
• 20”H x 12.2”W x 5.5”D – 1,526 cubic inches

Upper pouch with top loading shown.

From Blackhawk:

Are you looking for the ultimate in style and security? BLACKHAWK!® has taken the award-winning Diversion® line of bags and packs to a new level with the Diversion Wax Canvas Rucksack. This top-loading ruck with drawstring and quick-access, pass-through waterproof zipper on the lid is constructed with 10.10-ounce Army Duck Martexin Original Wax Canvas to blend style with cutting-edge design features. Hidden, easy-access handgun and laptop compartments offer conservative lines to allow you to carry firearms and other sensitive items while protecting them from prying eyes.”

Blackhawk website

In summary this rucksack is a tough piece of gear. Over the months since I started using it there’s little to no sign of wear and all the hardware still functions perfectly. I’ve flown with it, used it on the range and generally not been careful with it at all. You can dump a bucket of water on it and it just rolls off. Yes I did just that.

The MSRP for this pack is $255.95. The street prices I’ve found run about $200.00.

Phil White
Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I'm retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Southpaw89 Southpaw89 on Jul 11, 2015

    For appearance purposes it could face a lot of competition from much cheaper surplus and repro bags, the fact that it has built in padding and more importantly good concealment options may give it enough of an edge to justify the price. I like it but its well above my impulse buy range, if I do end up getting one though I'll probably have to stencil U.S. on the back flap, just to make it look right. It would probably help if it had an OD green option too IMO.

  • Jon spencer Jon spencer on Jul 12, 2015

    Looks like they made a copy of a Duluth Pack, but with plastic snaps instead of leather and brass.